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    Which Trolley?

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The San Diego Trolley or Old Town Trolley Tours? The confusion comes in because both the SD Trolley and Old Town Trolley Tours have a stop at Old Town and they are both called the "Trolley."

    San Diego's public transportation system includes a three line light rail system we call The Trolley. The BLUE LINE runs approx. north/south from American Plaza station downtown to San Ysidro/the International Border.

    The ORANGE LINE runs approx. east/west from the Santa Fe Depot downtown to the El Cajon Transit Center.

    On 10 July 2005 the GREEN LINE opened.an extension from (The Trolley Transit Station) at 12th & Imperial/Downtown to Santee via Old Town and has stops at San Diego State University, (SDSU) and Grossmont Center and Grossmont College. The trolley is locally called the "Little Red Trolley" and runs on a track through the County of San Diego. Several of the stations on each line have large parking lots for your car and parking is free.

    San Diego Trolley Map.

    The "other trolley" is the Old Town Trolley Tours. It is a bus and not part of the public transportation system. It is a tour service and for about $32.00 you can board at any of the eight-eleven stops for a narrated tour. There are "on and off" privileges which can serve as a form of transportation to some of the most popular tourist spots for those not using a car to get around.

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    Turn of the Century Look

    by lmkluque Updated May 28, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Downtown San Diego has had an interesting history of popular brothels and famous Wild West characters, like Wyatt Earp, who owned a few saloons downtown, spending time here.

    In recent years there has been an effort to reburbish the older buildings to acentuate their style and it has been successful. The brightened turn of the century facades are reminiscent of those "good ol' days!"

    Fondest memory: Due to questions about some historical buildings in SD I'm adding these websites that tell about the history of the buildings, I'll add more when I come across them.

    Roger's on 5th now George's on 5th.

    Emerald Plaza, the multi towered building with green lights around the top.

    Balboa Theater History.

    Spreckels Theater History.

    California Theater History.

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    Downtown San Diego

    by TinKan Updated Aug 15, 2004
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    Favorite thing: Down town San Diego is a metropolis that has not lost its small town feel and attitude. I found the walk around the down town area to actually be peaceful and never did I feel threatened as you do in many large cities. I was also surprised as to how clean the city was, I do not know if it was because it was the weekend or if it is always like that.

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    Downtown

    by vigi Written May 20, 2004

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    Fondest memory: Walking around Gaslamp Quarter, very tousitic area. Many of them are luxury restaurants which do not fit my budget. Can you imagine San Diego is home to 6,400 restaurants?!!! We ended up taking a queue number at the "Old Spagetti Factory" with nice decoration. Coz we had to wait for 30-45mins, so, walk around a bit along the streets, checking out the quarter and found a nice fountain near to the convention center.

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    Gaslamp Quarter

    by vigi Written May 19, 2004

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    Fondest memory: What a productive day. Instead of resting back in hotel, we head over to Gaslamp Quarter after dark for dinner. A bit disappointed was that there's no real gaslamp in this gaslamp quarter, they are all fake electronic lamp!!! Well, it's a nice place, but it's more like a tourists places than I thought!

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    Horton Plaza

    by matcrazy1 Written May 30, 2003

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    HORTON  PLAZA  AT  NIGHT

    Favorite thing: Horton Plaza is a large, multi-story shopping center/mall just in the downtown of San Diego, next to Gaslamp Quarter. A place to do shopping, to eat (on the last floor), to watch people and admire the unusual architecture.

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    Gaslamp Quarter

    by matcrazy1 Written May 30, 2003

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    GASLAMP  DISTRICT  BY  NIGHT

    Favorite thing: Gaslamp District (4th, 5th and 6th Avenue) is historic heart of San Diego. Great place if you love nightlife, music, food, watching people and so on - just best place to be especially on Friday evening.

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    San Diego skyline

    by matcrazy1 Written May 30, 2003

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    SAN  DIEGO  SKYLINE

    Favorite thing: I have never seen many skyscrapers at one place in Europe so it was very interesting for me to see them for the first time just in San Diego.
    And San Diego skyline is just wonderful.

    Fondest memory: My friend Linda ((lmkluque on VT).

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    A Compact Downtown Area

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    Partial View of Downtown from Cruise Ship Docks

    Favorite thing: I found that there were a lot of interesting things to see and do so it is difficult to pick out a single highlight! One of the first things that we did was take the narrated Trolley tour of the city so we could get a taste of all the areas of interest and then return to the one of our choice. This is a good way to get a quick overview of what San Diego has to offer if you are short on time! This photo of part of the city skyline was taken from the harbour front (Seaport Village area) while on the Trolley tour.

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    Visit the Gaslamp Quarter

    by seagoingJLW Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Gaslamp District

    Favorite thing: The Gaslamp Quarter, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive and from Fourth to Sixth AVenues.

    There are nearly 100 restaurants, coffee houses and nightclubs located here.

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    Nightlife

    by pianomany2k Written Jan 3, 2003
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    Favorite thing: The gaslamp district is a great place where you can stroll by many great restaurants and bars within a small area. Consider getting accomodations within a reasonably short driving distance away. I live out of the central area so I must always find a "designated driver" because public transport can be too expensive (taxi) or non existant (buses) late at night.

    Fondest memory: Whenever I am away from San Diego I realize how lucky we are to have such nice weather. Don't forget to visit the best Zoo in the world...it is always my visiting friends favorite daytime place.

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    Get an idea of all the great...

    by Richmond Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Get an idea of all the great things to do in 'America's Finest City' by first going to the The Visitor Center which is located at Horton Plaza, near Nordstrom, on the street level on First Avenue and F Street. The information experts at the Visitor Center are available by phone Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 5pm. They are even open on Sunday's during summer! The International Visitor Information Center phone number is (619) 236-1212. When you are in San Diego, stop by the Visitor Center where their multi-lingual staff will be happy to help you with information about San Diego.

    International Visitor Information Center
    11 Horton Plaza
    (First Avenue & 'F' Street)
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Phone: (619) 236-1212
    Fax: (619) 230-7084
    E-mail: sdinfo@sandiego.org

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  • See Horten Plaza, downtown on...

    by TOM_PARRY Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: See Horten Plaza, downtown on 4th and Broadway. This is where the downtown rejuvination all started in the 80's. If you like seedy dirty smelly strip joints then you may curse Horten Plaza. There is 2 hr. free parking, enought time to take a walk on 5th and 4th street. Free parking for 2 hrs at Seaport village- take the elevator to the top of the Hyatt Hotel for the best view- free- theres also a bar next to the viewing windows.

    the Corondo Hotel of course dirve in the right car pool lane over the bridge. There is a tourist place with neat shops by the ferry landing to the right after crossing the bridge from downtown. The beach there is great for kids, some nice architechture, Clinton visits here for vacation. Try to see a concert- classical/ other at Symphony Hall on 7th and B st. This is an old fox movie theater. Theater tickets sometimes are half off at a booth in front o Horten Plaza- were famous for our theater opprotunities also opera and reggae is available. Younger college age kids like Pacific beach bar sceen, or Gas Lamp late night. Our trolly is from Siemens and is about the most expensive in the USA, Longer trips are more reasonable; take it to Tiajuana then transfer to dowtown on a $1 short bus trip instead of a tiajuana taxi. Buy only 1 liter of tequlla.
    I prefer going to Tecate, this has a real mexican atmosphere- have a beer and dinner in the plaza, smell the beer brewing nearby. Tecate is not a tourist town but has a few shops for tourist. Tip park at the Pay less shoe store right before the border crossing; buy some shoes and ask to park your car there. Viejas Indian casino about 20 miles east has outlets and a free show at 7PM.
    Seaworld- You will get soaked on the stupid raft ride. if you like wet underware and a ruined camera go on this stupid ride first. Prices to eat are of couse High but the beer4 is free go to the Budwiser Horses for beer. See the tropical aquarium, SHamu, 3d movie,
    the special summer show- fireworks are at 930 pm. View them at the north end of the park- by the 4D theater, sneak out of the shamu show early to get agood viewing place- (dark area).

    Fondest memory: I guess our weather is the best- but boring in a way- too much sun. Actually we have what is called June gloom- which means you may not see the sun on the coastal areas- May too sometimes. Also I caution against sunburn even on cloudy days during summer. Usually each winter we have one week of short pants hot weather.

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    San Diego is the fastest if...

    by SDSU2001 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: San Diego is the fastest if not one of them, the fastest growing cities in the United States and in the world!!! The one thing about San Diego is the real estate, it is very expensive to live here!!! And San Deigo's crime rate is not as bad as the national media makes it out to be!!!! San Diego is very family oreinated, so if you deicde to move here do not hesitate, because the only thing that is a real concern is where to live and how much it is, so come expereince San Diego!!!!!

    Fondest memory: I reacll one day going to class, and someone was accidently dumped on by a very friendly segal!!!!

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    Just take a walk around San...

    by amandafinch Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Just take a walk around San Diego... downtown or elsewhere. It's just a gorgeous place to be.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of San Diego was actually more geared towards Coronado Island where the Naval Base is located. What gorgeous scenery.

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